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Mon Jun 10, 2024, 01:51 PM Jun 10

Railing against Biden's D-Day rhetoric, right gives away the game [View all]

The more the right complains about President Joe Biden’s D-Day remarks on democracy and U.S. alliances, the more conservatives give away the game.


In 2017, on the 4th of July, NPR published a series of tweets with the text of the Declaration of Independence. It seemed like a simple, patriotic gesture to help celebrate our Independence Day. A surprising number of Republicans didn’t quite see it that way.

The more NPR published portions of the Declaration of Independence, the more rank-and-file conservatives — who apparently didn’t recognize the words of the document — assumed that the media outlet was publishing anti-Trump “propaganda.”.....

Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida called the remarks “disgusting.” A Fox Business host also accused the Democrat of “taking veiled shots” at Trump. As New York magazine’s Jon Chait noted, some other prominent voices from conservative media had similar reactions.

Breitbart’s Joel Pollak complains that Biden’s speech was 'a veiled attack on his domestic political opposition in the upcoming election.' Erick Erickson moans, 'I don’t think it was appropriate for Biden to turn the remembrance of D-Day into a political attack on his opponent.'

As we discussed last week, I’m mindful of the circumstances. In the United States, it’s an election season and the incumbent president is poised to be on the ballot, which he’ll share with his immediate predecessor — who’s increasingly brazen about his overt affinity for authoritarians and authoritarianism. When Biden defends and celebrates democracy, his words do not exist in a political vacuum; they carry a broader significance.

But given what the Democrat actually said and the principles he touted, some on the right are saying more than they intended with their complaints and condemnations of Biden’s inoffensive, patriotic rhetoric.

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